UNCW Ranked 32nd Best Public College Value by Kiplinger’s

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

UNCW is ranked 32nd nationally on Kiplinger’s Best Public College Values 2019 list, a 30-place jump since the 2018 ranking. The ranking pertains to the value UNCW offers students who pay in-state tuition. For out-of-state students, the university is ranked 36th

“UNCW’s strong showing in the new Kiplinger’s ranking is a reflection of the university’s commitment to affordability and excellence, which are cornerstones of the Strategic Plan,” said Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli. “Higher education is an investment in individual students and our collective future. UNCW students get an outstanding return on their investment.” 

Kiplinger’s ranked 400 public and private institutions that deliver a high-quality and affordable education, and recognized another 100 as “good values.” The publication considers such factors as academic quality, graduation rates, costs, financial aid and average student debt. Some factors were re-weighted for the 2019 list to better reflect the situations and concerns of today’s students. 

UNCW has earned numerous recognitions from U.S. News, ranking 8th in the nation among “2019 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs,” 6th among public universities and 15th overall on a list of “Best Regional Universities in the South”; 5th most innovative public university in the South; and 9th in the region among “Best Colleges for Veterans.” The university has five programs recognized on the U.S. News list of “2020 Best Graduate Schools.”  

In addition, UNCW was named a Best Southeastern School by The Princeton Review and was one of only four UNC System schools featured in the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2020

-- Tricia Vance